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Chery is merging Brazil operations with a seasoned local partner

Struggling Chery calls in local help in Brazil - the week

17 Nov 17 | Graeme Roberts

Our Man in Brazil, Fernando Calmon, reported this week on an interesting development that sees seasoned local importer, assembler and distributor CAOA Group join with Chery to manage Chery's factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The deal is valued at around US$60m for CAOA to acquire 50% of the Chinese brand's Brazilian operations including the Jacarei plant, in the Greater Sao Paulo area; importation and sales are included.


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ANALYSIS - Peugeot 308 SW and GTI

17 Nov 17 | Glenn Brooks

Has the long-awaited recovery of the Peugeot brand finally begun? Even if things remain terrible in China with a year-to-date collapse of 30 per cent in a rising market, October was a good month for the brand across Europe. The 3008 and 5008 are major factors in the improvement but so too is the updated 308 range.


Tiger grille marks Stinger grand tourer out as unmistakeably Kia. Will buyers look beyond the non-premium badge to discover the excellent car beneath?

Kia launches fast grand tourer flagship with V6 engine

15 Nov 17 | Graeme Roberts

Although only about 80 of the brand's 180 UK dealers have signed up to sell it so far, Kia's new Stinger, in those showrooms from January, is certainly going to change its image a bit. Suddenly, the maker of staid but worthy family and fleet cars, like Rio, Picanto, Soul and Sportage, pitches a flagship five door, grand tourer with a turbocharged, 365bhp, 3.3-litre petrol V6, capable of 0-60mph acceleration in a claimed 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 168mph.


PSA sees Free2Move as an essential element in its mobility strategy and a first step into the US market (with MaaS rather than actual vehicle sales)

PSA outlines global mobility strategy

15 Nov 17 | Chris Wright

Newly enlarged Groupe PSA faces challenges on a number of fronts as it looks to integrate Opel and Vauxhall to its operations. Like other OEMs, it also needs a strategy for a rapidly changing urban mobility landscape. Chris Wright was in Paris to hear more.


The Dongfeng AX4 is the brand

ANALYSIS - Future models for Dongfeng Motor

14 Nov 17 | Glenn Brooks

In addition to being a JV partner for several foreign OEMs, Dongfeng Motor is a fairly successful vehicle manufacturer in its own right, with multiple brands and sub-brands in China. Its weak point is a lack of any sizable export business and exposure to the collapsing Chinese market passenger vehicle sales of Kia Motors and Groupe PSA.


Migration of Opel/Vauxhall models to PSA platforms began before GM offloaded its European Patient. PSA now says all GM platforms will be gone by 2024

PSA reveals Opel-Vauxhall plans - the week

10 Nov 17 | Graeme Roberts

The big question this week was what would PSA do with its newly acquired Opel/Vauxhall unit? Came 9 November, came the answer: a business plan that avoids plant closures and aims to put the company on a path to profitability by 2020.


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Toyota and Suzuki strike MoU on India EVs

17 Nov 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota and Suzuki have concluded a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together on introducing electric vehicles in the Indian market 'in around 2020'.


Czech Republic tips hat to past for current strength

17 Nov 2017 | Simon Warburton

Czech prowess in manufacturing skills can partly be attributed to the country's Communist past says the country's Automotive Industry Association's secretary-general.


Toyota plans EV in China by 2020

17 Nov 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota has announced today that it will be rolling out an electric vehicle under the Toyota brand in the Chinese market in 2020.


Jaguar Land Rover unveils XEL in China

17 Nov 2017 | Dave Leggett

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has unveiled the Jaguar XE long-wheelbase (XEL), the second Jaguar vehicle to be manufactured in China, at the Guangzhou Auto Show.


VW Brazil Virtus replaces Polo sedan

17 Nov 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has launched a new compact sedan called Virtus in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new model, developed especially for South America, replaces the Polo sedan, is based on the MQB modular platform and is claimed to be among the most spacious cars in its segment.


2017 GUANGZHOU SHOW - Kia NP world debut

17 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

AutoGuangzhou 2017 has hosted a variety of concept and production model world debuts. The press preview day was Friday 17 November.

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